Increased risk of maternal deaths associated with foreign origin in Spain: a population based case-control study


Luque Fernández, M.Á, ; Gutiérrez Garitano, I; Cavanillas, AB; (2010) Increased risk of maternal deaths associated with foreign origin in Spain: a population based case-control study. European journal of public health, 21 (3). pp. 292-4. ISSN 1101-1262 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckp245

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Abstract

: In Europe, different studies have identified immigrant women coming from developing countries as a risk group for maternal death. In Spain, an ecological study showed higher maternal mortality rates among foreign mothers compared with Spanish mothers during 2003-04. To examine whether the maternal death risk among foreign mothers in Spain is increased, we performed a population-based matched case-control study. Each case of maternal death during 1999-2006 was matched with four mothers who had given birth during the same year the case occurred. The National Statistics Institute provided the data. The variables in the study were maternal age and country of origin. We used a conditional logistic regression analysis. Adjusted by age, the risk of maternal death was 87% higher among foreign mothers. This study confirms that there is an increased risk of maternal death among foreign mothers in Spain. It would be desirable to analyse the socio-economic and healthcare circumstances surrounding the deaths.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Case-Control Studies, Databases, Factual, *Developing Countries, *Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Humans, Maternal Age, Maternal Mortality/*ethnology, Risk Assessment, Spain/epidemiology, Young Adult, Adolescent, Adult, Case-Control Studies, Databases, Factual, Developing Countries, Emigrants and Immigrants, Female, Humans, Maternal Age, Maternal Mortality, ethnology, Risk Assessment, Spain, epidemiology, Young Adult
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 20570961
Web of Science ID: 290812700008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2305229

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